Saturday, January 24, 2009

Forgetting that outcomes = intersection of supply and demand

When I ask them why they would go to law school if they certainly-or-probably do not want to practice law, they always give the same response: "Well, it's such a great, all-purpose professional degree."

Memo to all of the people out there who might be thinking the same thing: do not go to law school. Seriously. I know that you have heard that a J.D. is a "great all-purpose degree," but it isn't. That's a lie put about by parents who are trying to trick you into middle-class professionaldom and law schools who are trying to take your money. A J.D. is not an all-purpose degree, it is a law degree. ...

I know: right now you are mentally listing the names of all of the diplomats, senior policy advisors, politicians, bankers, aid workers, and political operatives who have J.D.s. ...

There may be J.D.s in every walk of life in this country, but lawyers' dirty secret is that their proliferation is due less to that degree's versatility than it is to the fact that thousands of lawyers flee the profession every year. Seriously. I am not even kidding.
--Amanda Taub, Wronging Rights, on why you see J.D.s everywhere. [HT: Chris Blattman]

1 comment:

bchoi said...

haha...couldn't have said it better myself.